Termite Habits

Subterranean Termite habits have adapted extremely successfully to their unique environment and role in the ecosystem. Termites have a highly evolved social organisation and hierarchical structure with an exclusive food source, while living in an almost closed environment. It is therefore no wonder that so much is spent on termite control world wide.

In understanding timber feeding subterranean termites in their environment it must be understood that at any one time a number of stimuli which are interdependent on behaviour are acting. There is a complicated hierarchy of stimuli that affects the termite habits, including; temperature, cooler/warmer areas (known as thermal shadows), humidity, moisture, food source, food size and availability, protection and light.

Further to create an artificial or forced aggregation in a natural environment we must first intercept those specific termites that are foraging for new food sources and also produce the signal by those termites to other termites to create aggregation and feeding over other desirable food sources. To achieve such an outcome requires apparatus designed with many of the stimuli in the perfect balance and then kept in a favourable condition, in a favourable location for the greatest amount of time possible.

Further the apparatus once active with the desired species of termites must then be capable of having termite bait added without causing the termites to abandon. This proactive inspection although simple and quick to do with the correctly designed apparatus has (up until the creation of the Termite Mansion) been best performed by someone with experience in monitoring and baiting termites due to the many design faults of past models.

With the introduction of the Termite Mansion brought the ability of the homeowner to treat the termite by themselves. Previously the homeowner had no alternative than paying the huge cost of having an outsider travel to their property and inspect badly designed, time consuming monitors at an hourly charge. Both the large time frame of monitoring and the need for an expert are now gone.